Bobby Long, Jayson Erik Alcott
Southgate House Revival, 111 E 6th St, Newport, KY
18+, $10 ADV / $12 DOS; 8 P.M. DOORS / 8:30 P.M. SHOW
British singer-songwriter-guitarist Bobby Long, who is known for his powerfully evocative lyrics set to haunting melodies, has signed an agreement with Compass Records for the release of his new album, ODE TO THINKING. The CD will arrive worldwide on August 7 with U.S. and international tour dates scheduled to support the release.
Recorded last fall in Austin, TX, ODE TO THINKING is a taut collection of 11 original songs, produced by veteran producer Mark Hallman at his Congress House Studios. Long, who emerged from London’s burgeoning folk music renaissance, relocated to New York in 2009, cultivating a strong fan base for his music. He has previously released two well received albums, A WINTER TALE (2011) and WISHBONE (2013) as well as a five-song EP called THE BACKING SINGER (2011) and a volume of poetry, LOSING MY BROTHERHOOD (2012).
The release of ODE TO THINKING will be supported by a U.S. concert tour that will begin in early August and initially focus on the Midwest into Texas. He will tour Europe during October followed by shows in the UK and additional U.S. dates will follow. Prior to heading out in support of the new CD, Long is set to play the Acoustic Stage at the venerable Glastonbury Festival in England on Saturday, June 27. It will be his first high profile appearance in his native country.
“This record started when I realized that the first five songs I wrote for it were probably the most personal songs I’d ever written,” Long says of the new recording. “That was the start of the journey. ‘Ode to Thinking’ was one of the first songs I had written (for the album), and it was the definite turning point creatively where I felt, as I’m getting older, that I’m getting more interested in what’s going on politically and socially. I now think it’s really important to educate yourself and to take an interest in what’s going on in the world.”
Confirmed ODE TO THINKING tour dates are as follows:
June 27-Acoustic Stage, Glastonbury Festival, Glastonbury, England
August 1-McCabe’s Guitar Shop, Los Angeles
August 14-Southgate House (Revival Room), Newport, KY
August 30-Sam’s Burger Joint, San Antonio, TX
September 4-Warehouse Live, Houston, TX
September 25-World Café Live, Wilmington, DE
September 27-Katharine Hepburn Theatre, Old Saybrook, CT
August 8-Jammin’ Java, Vienna, VA
August 11-Club Café, Pittsburgh, PA
August 12-Musica, Akron, OH
August 13-Rumba Café, Columbus, OH
August 15-The Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC
August 18-Zanzabar, Louisville, KY
August 19-Radio Radio, Indianapolis
August 20-Rozz-Tox, Rock Island, IL
August 24-The Frequency, Madison, WI
August 25-Firebird, St. Louis, MO
August 28-Record Bar Kansas City, MO
August 29-The Blue Door, Oklahoma City
September 2-Cactus Club, Austin, TX
September 3-Poor David’s Pub, Dallas, TX
September 6—Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA
September 26-The Linda, Albany, NY
Bobby Long will begin a month of shows in Europe on October 3 followed by a week in the UK starting November 2. Additional U.S. dates will be announced shortly.